Learning Difficulties Australia


Professional Learning

Weekly Wednesday Webinars

Learning Difficulties Australia would like to offer a free webinar series to engage with our membership and the wider educational community in Australia. As the name suggests, each Wednesday we will offer a webinar at 6pm. This is intended to support members’ professional development during the current pandemic and into the future.

Our presenters will be a mix of local and international educators who will present on a range of topics aligned to the aims of LDA.


WWW #14 Toni Hatten Roberts: Explicit Instruction, Science of Learning and Cognitive Load Theory in practice

Toni Hatten Roberts has a wide and diverse experience in education having served as a teacher in early childhood, primary school and secondary school; a regional advisor for mathematics, science, outdoor education and gifted education; a Head of Curriculum; a Deputy Principal; a Principal; and a Director of Education. Toni is currently a Director and Lead Consultant for COGlearn. Toni has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Science – Psychology (Honours). Her original research into the importance of verbal rehearsal in learning was recognised through her participation in the International Conference of Learning Sciences in London in 2018. She is currently a PHD candidate at the University of Queensland.

Synopsis: Toni will focus on how Explicit Instruction is informed by the Science of Learning, specifically the impact of Cognitive Load Theory and 'load reduction instruction'. Toni will discuss her research area of how instructional strategies can impede or enhance learning.

When: 2 September, 2020 06:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-2uqTMuE9P77Ef77C_IUqvcHxONyKPD


Upcoming WWW Guests


WWW #15 Dr Jennifer Buckingham: Primary Reading Pledge

Dr Jennifer Buckingham is the founder of the Five from Five project which provides evidence-based information on effective reading instruction. Her PhD research was on effective instruction for struggling readers. She has provided advice on reading instruction and policy to the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and federal governments and was the chair of the expert advisory group to the federal government on a Year 1 literacy and numeracy assessment. Jennifer is a board member of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Synopsis:  Jennifer will be discussing the recently launched the Primary Reading Pledge

When: 9 September, 2020 06:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Previous Weekly Wednesday Webinar Recordings

Recording of previously held webinars can be found on our LDA YouTube channel.

WWW #1 Lyn Stone: Metalanguage

WWW #2 David Morkunas: Spaced Practice & Interleaving

WWW #3 Dr Kate Jacobs: School-based reasonable adjustments & the VCAA Special Examinations Arrangements

WWW #4 Dr Kate de Bruin: Using universal design principles to support learning, participation and progress for every student

WWW #5 Steven Capp: Building teacher efficacy towards evidence informed practice

WWW #6 Dr Sally Kooi-Robinson: EAL/D or LD? Preparing classroom teachers to teach English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students

WWW #7 Emily Hanford: Beyond the Phonics Fights: An American Reporter's Story

WWW #8 Sarah Asome: Response to Intervention (RtI) – Getting it right for all, right from the start!

WWW #9 Michael Roberts: How the Science of Learning Can Transform a School – Do’s and Don’t’s

WWW #10 Alison Clarke: English Spelling has Five Kinds of Logic

WWW #11 Ray Boyd: Putting in place whole of school structures from a leadership perspective in terms of highly effective teaching

WWW #12 Tessa Daffern: Assessment-informaed practices in teaching spelling

WWW #13 David Morkunas: Spaced Practice & Interleaving 


Other Professional Learning 

This section provides a listing of non-LDA  professional learning opportunities of relevance to the area of learning difficulties. All external events are publicised at LDA's discretion, but LDA accepts no responsibility for their value or the evidence base of what may be promoted.

Online Learning

A Free Online CourseSupporting Children with Difficulties in Reading and Writing Click here for details.

A new online course in teaching systematic synthetic phonics & its integration with wider reading, spelling and writing. Click here for details.

SPELD PD events

See individual state SPELD websites for information regarding relevant PD in the area of learning difficulties in each state. For State SPELD contact details go to http://auspeld.org.au/state-associations

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Past Professional Learning

The Center for Effective Reading Instruction and the International Dyslexia Association have developed a self-paced online course on reading instruction, with nine pre and post tested modules to teach the critical skills for proficient reading, writing and assessment, and best practices that support students’ acquisition of these skills. This free online course, and option to attain certification, is offered on the Reading Rockets 101 website


Professor Maggie Snowling - Dyslexia, Language and Learning to Read

Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John's College Oxford and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford, visited Australia and spoke at the Australian National University on ‘Dyslexia, Language and Learning to Read’ on 25th July, 2017, to a sold out crowd. LDA is very grateful to Professor Snowling, and the ANU, for granting permission to provide an audio of this event for LDA.

Past Professional Learning Events 2019


Brisbane 20-21 September 2019.

The keynote speakers were Dr Jennifer Buckingham and Mr Bruce Sullivan. Topics presented involved technology, reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, cognition, assessment and working in a team approach. 

August 2019 – Dr David Kilpatrick National Tour

Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention
David presented full-day sessions in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney, focusing on how children learn to read words and why some struggle. Understanding word level reading development and its problems will guide both assessment and intervention. Once we understand how reading works and why some children struggle, the reasons why some commonly used intervention approaches provide limited benefits while others can yield very large gains for such students becomes clear, and then the focus is on establishing the best instructional and intervention practices.

LDA members can access the David Kilpatrick session notes under Resources by logging into the Members Only Section of the website.

Past Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

Past Professional Learning Events, 2019

Past Professional Learning Events, 2018

Past Professional Learning Events, 2017

Past Professional Learning Events. 2016

Past Professional Learning Events. 2015

Past Professional Learning Events, 2014

Past Professional Learning Events, 2013

Victorian Workshops 2012

Sir Jim Rose visit 2009

Past Conferences 1996-2008

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